I arrived at Park Campus on my move-in date, picked up all the necessary information and went to my accommodation afterwards. It was all pretty straight forward. I moved into halls of residence at the same time as all the UK students and therefore missed the introduction for international students , which was a week earlier. I regretted missing the chance to connect with them at first, but luckily there were enough people on my course and in halls to make friends with anyway.
Connecting with your fellow flatmates is very simple as long as you participate in conversations, socialise in common areas and don’t stick to your own room all the time, especially Freshers Week – your first week at university. Everyone is looking to meet new friends and you will therefore have no problem finding some. The accommodation is decent and halls of residence are probably the best way to connect with fellow students, next to societies, sport clubs and your course!
I also signed up to join the rowing team as a total rookie but the team is great! Next to training, we also have differently themed socials at a bar around the corner every Wednesday. It is loads of fun although I have to admit that it is hard to compete with the British drinking culture when I have a 9.15am lecture the next day… So I went from attending weekly at the beginning to just a few times to manage my studies and save some money.